Boyceville man attends bond hearing, initial appearance for February traffic death

By Cara L. Dempski

MENOMONIE — A Boyceville man appeared for a bond hearing and initial hearing in Dunn County Circuit Court last week.

Todd R. Dormanen, age 47, appeared before Judge Rod Smeltzer March 1 on charges related to a February 12 two-vehicle accident in which another Boyceville resident was killed. According to court documentation, Dormanen is charged with one count each of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle, operating while intoxicated (4th offense), operating while intoxicated and causing injury, homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle, and reckless driving – cause great bodily harm.

As previously reported in the Tribune, Dormanen was driving north on State Highway 79 in the Town of Sherman when his vehicle crossed the center line into the southbound lane and struck the vehicle, killing another Boyceville resident, Jena Anderson.

During the hearing, Dunn County District Attorney Andrea Nodolf argued for a $50,000 cash bond out of concern for public safety and to guarantee Dormanen’s return to subsequent court hearings. Nodolf also asked for conditions including no visits to bars or liquor stores, no contact with immediate family members of Jena Anderson, who was killed in the collision, and asked for a Soberlink device to be installed if the defendant were to post bond.

Defense attorney William Schembera argued against a cash bond, indicating it has been nearly 20 years since Dormanen’s last OWI charge.

Nodolf’s rejoinder was that, according to the criminal complaint, Dormanen had consumed between eight and 10 16-ounce cans of Busch Light at a bar earlier in day February 12 between leaving his work shift at Phillips Plastics and his return trip to Boyceville, and was advised by the bartender not to drive.

The district attorney further noted the complaint said Dormanen purchased two 1.75-liter bottles of Skyy Vodka before heading back to Boyceville.

Dormanen actually appeared in court after a warrant was issued February 28. Nodolf explained the warrant was issued as she had been unaware previously that the defendant had spent a few days in the hospital after the accident.

Once the issue of bond was settled, the group moved on to an initial appearance, where Dormanen and Schembera requested a speedy preliminary hearing. The hearing was scheduled for March 9 at 8 a.m. in front of Smeltzer.

According to the Dunn County Jail roster posted online, Dormanen was still being held there as of the morning of March 2.

Homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle is a class C felony in Wisconsin and can be punished by up to 40 years in prison, a fine of no more than $100,000 or both. Homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle is a class G felony and carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison, up to $25,000 in fines, or both.

Operating while intoxicated and operating while intoxicated and causing injury are class H felonies, and punishable by no more than $10,000 in fines, up to six years in prison, or both, and reckless driving/causing great bodily harm is a class I felony. Those are punished by a fine up to $10,000, up to three years and six months imprisonment, or both.